Past Presidents & Chairs

Robert K. Lincoln ‘77 is the immediate past chair of the NCAA Board of Directors. As an attorney in Sarasota, he represents public and private clients in all aspects of the land development process, with a focus on complex land use and zoning approvals and litigation.

In addition to representing private landowners, developers and neighbors, he also currently serves as special land use counsel to both the Pinellas Planning Counsel and the City of Seminole. A member of the Florida Bar since 1994, His land use law practice is supported by an extensive academic and professional background focused on planning, zoning, and growth management issues.

He received a bachelor's degree in political science from New College of Florida, a Master of Science in planning from Florida State University and a J.D. with high honors from Florida State University College of Law. He has served as a director of the New College Alumnae/i Association since 1997 and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Downtown Partnership.

Cindy Hill '89 is an attorney in Sarasota. Cindy studied Medieval/Renaissance studies at New College. She earned master's degrees in Renaissance literature at both Florida State University and Oxford University. She earned her J.D. from Florida State University. Cindy lives in Nokomis with her children, Maeve and Ewan, and their dachshund, three cats and two hedgehogs. Cindy has been a member of the board since 2005.

Bill Rosenberg '73 is a past chair of the New College Alumnae/i Association. He served as chair from 2005-2008. Bill lives in Grand Prairie, TX, and is a retired technical analyst who worked for 20 years for Sprint Paranet in Dallas. He is currently self-employed as a consultant. Bill served on the board from 1994-1997 and then again from 2002-2013.

Mary Ruiz '73 is president and CEO of Manatee Glens, a nonprofit behavioral health hospital and outpatient practice on the west coast of Florida. Founded in 1955, Manatee Glens employs over 450 staff and has been named as one of the area’s top 100 companies by Sarasota Magazine. Earlier in her career, Mary worked for both Sarasota and Manatee Counties in health and human services prior to joining Manatee Glens in 1987.

Mary has senior management experience in hospital administration, corporate strategic planning, business development, government relations and nonprofit agency administration. She is a founding board member of Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, a provider-sponsored network recently awarded a $130 million state contract for behavioral health services.

In recognition of her contributions to the behavioral health field in the State of Florida, she was named a Fellow of the Florida Council for Community Mental Health and Administrator of the Year by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association in 2002.

Mary is a graduate of New College of Florida with a concentration in urban studies and received her MBA at the University of South Florida. She was appointed to the New College Board of Trustees in 2011 and is the founding president of the New College Alumnae/i Association.

Dan Chambliss '71 graduated from New College in 1975 after four years of studying sociology with Penny Rosel. He then attended Yale University, where he received master's and Ph.D. degrees, finishing in 1982. Since then he has been on the faculty of Hamilton College, where he is currently the Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology and chair of the department.

In 1998, his book Beyond Caring: Hospitals, Nurses and Social Organization of Ethics won the American Sociological Association's Elliot Freidson Prize for the best book in the preceding two years on medical sociology. He is also the winner of the ASA's Theory Prize for his work on organizational excellence. In 1991, his book Champions: The Making of Olympic Swimmers was named Book of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. He is also the co-author, with Russell Schutt, of Making Sense of the Social World, a sociological research methods textbook.

Stepfather of four, Dan is married to Susan Morgan, a biochemist, and lives in Cazenovia, NY.

Jono Miller '70 arrived at New College as a student just a few months after the first Earth Day in 1970 and, together with Julie Morris, took an Environmental Biology class with Biology Professor John Morrill. That class introduced him to Southwest Florida and he never looked back. In the summer of 1971, back when the Pentagon Papers were first being published, Miller was working for the Provost’s office on an innovative program to bring enrolled students to campus on a bus that traversed the east coast—the Bus-To-Us.  As a student he was interested in both art and the environment and was active in student government – a participant in the experimental Kingsley Hall and for a time was a voting student representative at faculty meetings.

After graduating in 1974 with an area of Concentration in Environmental Studies, Miller and Morris were two leaders of an Antioch College 47-day canoe exploration of Southwest Florida. In 1975 the two formed an environmental consulting partnership in 1975 and by 1977 Professor Morrill was inviting them to teach classes – the first was Our Changing Local Environments.

Miller’s role with Environmental Studies Program evolved to a point where he was Director of the Program, a position he surrendered in 2008 in a bid to become the first Democrat elected to the Sarasota County Commission since the 60s.  Although six newspapers found him to be the most qualified candidate, his loss was the College’s gain and he returned to continue working with environmental studies and to assist the Vice President for Finance and Accounting on matters pertaining to campus planning, landscaping, and sustainability. Like his mentor, John Morrill, he intrudes into all aspects of the college, from pulling weeds and picking up litter to challenging top administrators on policy matters.

David Smolker ‘72 is a founding shareholder of Bricklemyer Smolker & Bolves, P.A. and also serves as General Counsel to New College. He is an experienced property rights lawyer whose practice encompasses local administrative, civil trial and appellate practice in the areas of land use and zoning, comprehensive planning, environmental permitting, water, wetlands, submerged land claims, eminent domain, inverse condemnation including regulatory taking, property rights and title issues. He also is experienced in real estate and development law. His clients include private landowners, local and national developers, and government agencies. He has served as special counsel to government agencies including Pasco County, Florida, Charlotte County, Florida, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Before becoming a lawyer, David was a city planner. Ho co-authored the City of Bradenton Comprehensive Plan of 1979. At New College, David studied environmental science and now lives with his wife Pam and four sons in Apollo Beach, FL.

Alexis Simendinger '75, a native of Washington, D.C., arrived at New College a year after the controversial merger with the University of South Florida and graduated with a degree in humanities in 1981, followed in 1983 with a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. During her New College years, she earned extra money as an office assistant with the New College Foundation under former President Rolland Heiser and later maintained her ties to campus by joining the NCAA board, followed by the Foundation board and later the New College Board of Trustees, appointed by the governor. In 2007, Alexis continues her support as an out-of-state Foundation trustee.

As a Novo Collegian, Alexis introduced her brother Kent Simendinger to the New College campus. More disciplined than his oldest sister, he finished his degree requirements in three years and joined her in the 1981 graduation ceremony, saving their grateful mother an extra trip down I-95. Kent, an executive with PPL Corporation, is married to New College graduate Elizabeth McCain, a professor at Pennsylvania’s Muhlenberg College. They live in Laurys Station, PA, with their two daughters.

Following graduate school and three years as a newspaper reporter with The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, FL, Alexis returned to Washington in 1986, where she has enjoyed two newsy decades as a journalist. She became a White House correspondent in 1992, beginning with George H.W. Bush’s final year in office, and she continued covering 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the entirety of the tumultuous Clinton years and through George W. Bush’s sixth year in office. She is a former national correspondent for National Journal, an influential magazine of policy and politics she joined in 1997. Alexis now works as a White House correspondent for Real Clear Politics.

Alexis has discussed her reporting about the Bush presidency, the White House and national politics on numerous broadcast outlets over the years and has appeared as a guest and guest-host on PBS’ Washington Week program.

Mike Campbell '87 holds the post of lecturer in behavioural science/psychology in the School of Clinical Medicine and Research University of the West Indies-Cave Hill, Barbados. After graduating from New College with a concentration in psychology/Latin American studies in 1991, Mike completed graduate work in geography ( M.S., Florida State University, 1993) and counseling psychology (Ph.D., University of Florida, 1998). He is a licensed psychologist in both Florida and Barbados. Mike worked at New College as (variously) postdoctoral resident in the Counseling and Wellness Center, director of residential life and adjunct faculty in psychology. Currently, he serves as chair of the joint Barbados Ministry of Health/University of the West Indies Research Ethics Board and secretary of the Barbados Association of Psychologists. While in Florida, he was a member of the Sarasota-Manatee Critical Incident Stress Management Team and a gubernatorial appointee to the Sarasota Local Advocacy Council.

Mike served on the NCAA Board from 1991 to 2006, as secretary from 1994 to 1999 and 2003 to 2005, and as president from 1999 to 2002. He also served as an alumni trustee of New College Foundation from 1991 to 1994.

Larry Vernaglia '87 and his wife, Liz Rudow, Ph.D., are both members of the class of '87. They now live outside of Boston with their son. Larry was a history major in New College (senior thesis committee consisted of Laszlo Deme, Justus Doenecke and Lee Snyder). While at New College, he was chief justice of the New College Student Court, lived in first and third courts, and helped found the New College Winemakers' Association. He earned his J.D. and his M.P.H. from Boston University. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York and New Hampshire.

Larry Vernaglia has served on the NCAA Board from 1999-2007. He has been both the president and secretary of the Association.

Larry is now a health care lawyer in Boston and a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP where is Chair of the firm's national Health Care Industry Team. He represents hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers and a variety of other health care providers in regulatory and business matters. He has published more than 70 articles and book chapters on various topics in law and medicine. Larry serves on editorial boards for several journals and treatises including Medical Economics, JONA's Journal of Healthcare Law, Ethics, & Regulation; Medicine & Health/Rhode Island.

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